OREA is on the job all year long. We represent the interests of retired teachers at the legislature, the governor's office, retirement and health insurance boards, state pension commission, and more. OREA listens to you and gives voice to your needs and concerns. Opportunities for active involvement are afforded to members eager to participate in OREA's advocacy programs.
Where to begin? As you have probably seen on the local news and other media sources, the budget talks at the State Capitol are well, a mess. The statutory end to the regular session is this Friday, May 26th, at 5:00 p.m. I suppose who’s right and who’s wrong depends on whom you ask, but some of the facts are clear. The session started with an $878 Million budget shortfall. Democrats proposed a plan in February to cover the shortfall and it would’ve created a few million dollars in new revenue. The Governor’s proposed budget plan would also have covered the revenue shortfall, but proposed significant increases in sales and use taxes - very regressive forms of tax. Leadership of the majority party in both houses have never proposed a clear plan for the state’s budget, and as a result, the legislature is scrambling to negotiate budget language that